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Friday Fiction: Dinky Hocker Shoots Smack

Dinky Hocker Shoots Smack!
Kerr
1972

Submitter: This was . . . probably an OK book in 1972? And probably great in our context (small rural town in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula – about as far as it gets from Brooklyn.) I might take it home and read it. There’s a cat named Nader! The boy wants to be a librarian! It was adapted into an After-School Special! But it’s 2020. Our current YA patrons’ mothers are too young for this book. Also, it’s a mass market paperback in a library binding – the pages are brittle and falling out. It’s time to go.

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Grassroots Fundraising

The Grass Roots Fundraising Book: How to Raise Money in Your Community
Flanagan for The Youth Project
1977

Submitter: Submitting this 1977 book on fundraising. Most of the data, addresses, and dollar values are out of date and the entire book is dry and brittle – not to mention it lacks contemporary fundraising resources like GoFundMe and others help make this an easy weed.

Holly: Oh good, a double-whammy of outdatedĀ andĀ falling apart. Perfect for our current COVID-19 times, where every non-profit in town is desperately fundraising.

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Why Am I Afraid to Tell You Who I Am?

Why Am I Afraid to Tell You Who I Am
Powell
1969

Submitter: This well loved 1969 copy of John Powell of the Society of Jesus – Why Am I Afraid To Tell You Who I Am is filled with underlining and other notations from some past perplexed borrower. Still in print today and time for this copy to move on. Included the creepy clown picture for Mary…

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Friday Fiction: Addie Accident

Addie Accident
Corlett
2010

Submitter: My local public library in Australia sells weeded books for 20c each. I sometimes buy children’s books for a holiday program book corner. Usually they are fine, but I always examine them more closely before donating them. Thank goodness I did look more closely at ‘Addie Accident’. The cover and basic story are cute and magical, but some of the events are not appropriate for that type of book and overall message of the book is problematic.

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Practical Home Repair for Women

Practical Home Repair for Women: Your Questions Answered
Cassiday
1966

Submitter: I found this on the shelf at an academic library and got a good laugh out of it…

1. Paint – I’m so glad Bruce told me what paint was.
2. Emergency – And that “needle and thread and cloth are [my] province”.
3. Preface – And the “man of the house” is busy busy “commuting, working and traveling” so he’s “never around when he is needed for that important chore”.

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Jesus and the Minecrafters

The Unofficial Bible for Minecrafters Life of Jesus, Stories from the Bible Told Block by Block
Romines and Miko
2017

Submitter: I was extremely surprised to find this (British) book in our British public library, having only ever seen similar horrors coming from the USA displayed in Awful Library Books. It is worth noting that it twice includes the disclaimer ‘This book is not authorised or sponsored by Microsoft Corporation…or any other person or entity controlling rights in the Minecraft name, trademark, or copyrights.’ That statement somewhat raises the question of how it ever got to be published in the first place, especially in the Sue-you-if-you-so-much-as-mention-me United Kingdom with its draconian libel and copyright laws. Back of the book does, however, reveal the fact that ‘Authors Garrett Romines and Chris Miko are both involved in primary school education in the United States, and in providing educational camps, camps, workshops and curriculum around interactive classes’.

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Keep Your Eye on the Ball

Sportsvision: Dr. Revien’s Eye Exercise Program for Athletes
Revien and Gabor
1981

Submitter: This was found on the shelves in our public library system (mid-size, 10 branches.) It was no longer in the catalog, so came to me in the Technical Services department. I have no idea if the science behind this has been superseded or debunked, but at the very least, this is painfully out of date. The sports icons shown as examples in the pages include Terry Bradshaw, Bjorn Borg, Pete Rose and Nancy Lopez. And the illustrations and photographs are unselfconsciously 1970s hilarious.